Based in the Urville region of Champagne, Drappier is something of a cult classic producer. Although you may not have never heard of the tightknit family winery, they're favourites to many - including, famously, the late, great Charles de Gaulle, who moved as close as he could to the winery in his retirement.
Though Drappier was founded in 1808, the vines were planted and the cellars were built around Clairvaux Abbey by Saint Bernard and the Cistercian monks during the 12th Century. These cellars, some of the few that survived two World Wars, are among the oldest and most extensive in Europe today.
Today, Drappier is one of the finest boutique producers in the world. Famous for making high quality wines with limited intervention and minimal sulphur, their small yields of fruit promise a premium expression of some prime Champagne real estate.